SOI Presents: On the Town

Feb 21, 2019

An “instant hit” on Broadway in 1944, Bernstein’s On the Town soon became a movie starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

Known as his “valentine” to New York, Lenny’s On the Town is a Broadway musical about three sailors during World War II and their “amorous adventures on a 24-hour-shore leave in New York City.”

The Des Moines Symphony’s “Giunta Celebrates Bernstein” season presents three dances from Bernstein’s first musical, On the Town. Also included on the concert will be Bernstein’s jazzy Prelude, Fugue & Riffs featuring the DMSO’s principal clarinetist Gregory Oakes, Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto showcasing principal flute Kayla Burggraf and principal harp Erin Brooker-Miller, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1.

Tune in to IPR Classical on Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m. and Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m. to hear the DMSO perform Bernstein’s “On the Town” concert.


BERNSTEIN           Three Dances from On the Town

BERNSTEIN           Prelude, Fugue & Riffs

MOZART              Flute & Harp Concerto

SIBELIUS               Symphony No. 1

DMSO Soloists:

Gregory Oakes, clarinet

Kayla Burggraf, flute

Erin Brooker-Miller, harp

Listen below to hear Maestro Giunta talk about the Sibelius 1st Symphony.